The fate of a new Italian restaurant that had been expected to open in Spencer is in limbo.
Building owner Bill Muller said Friday morning that Italy Pasta and Pizza, the restaurant that was to move into the former Pizza Hut location at 723 South Grand Avenue, may not open after all.
A sign on the building’s patio fence that had stated “New Italian Restaurant Coming Soon” has been removed. A for rent message has been posted on the old Pizza Hut sign out front.
“I’m still looking for a tenant, I guess,” Muller said.
Muller thought he had found a tenant for the building when Sammy Ramadani, who owns Napoli’s in Algona, began making preparations to lease the building and bring an Italian restaurant back to Spencer.
Back in October, as renovations were being made inside the building, Ramadani said he was about 20 to 30 days out from opening.
But now family health issues have complicated Ramadani’s plans, Muller said.
“His mother’s been real sick and had brain surgery so that threw him off track,” he said. “I really don’t know how that’s going to play out.”
Ramadani, who lives in Texas, does still want to move in, Muller added.
“Whether that’ll happen or not, I don’t know,” he said.
As it stands, the building is once again available to rent.